Hindraf steps up attack on MahathirJune 24th, 2008 - 3:11 pm ICT by IANS
Kuala Lumpur, June 24 (IANS) Malaysia’s long-serving ruler Mahathir Mohamad destroyed the future of the Indian community by ignoring their welfare, a group claiming to speak for ethnic Indians has said. Mahathir was “responsible for the plight of Indians in Malaysia”, Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) national coordinator R. Thanenthiran told the Tamil newspaper Makkal Osai.
He told the media that Hindraf would not have been formed if equal opportunities had been given to ethnic Indians, The Star newspaper quoted him as saying.
Hindraf has been attacking Mahathir after the latter posted on his blog, chedet.com, comments last week that claimed that the indigenous Malays were victims of the political arrangement post-independence when they had to accommodate ethnic minorities with full rights and privileges.
Hindraf has been highlighting perceived discrimination in jobs and education of ethnic Indians, a bulk of them Tamil Hindus.